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Thieves hit Biggar Sometime between the evening of September 10 and the early morning of September 12, culprits broke into the Town of Biggar office, Biggar Library, Biggar Museum and Gallery, The Independent, and the Biggar and District Health Centre. While in these businesses, the culprits were able to make away with various amounts of cash. If you witnessed activity around these establishments over the weekend, it could be valuable information.

Please call the Biggar RCMP at 948-6600, and an officer will speak with you about what you know. Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2,000 for information which leads to the arrest of person(s) responsible for this offence or any other serious crime. S a s k a t c h e wa n C r i m e Stoppers does not subscribe to call display nor are your calls traced or recorded. You can call S a s k a t c h e wa n C r i m e Stoppers at 1-800-667TIPS (1-800-667-8477).

Home opener jitters . . . Biggar Central School Blazer Dylan Haynes carries the ball during their home opener, September 9, versus the Spiritwood Sabres. Blazers

suffered, perhaps, a bad case of nerves, dropping the contest to the Sabres, 58-22. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Harvest advancing past five-year average Significant harvest progress was made due to a week of great weather. Saskatchewan producers have 60 per cent of the 2011 crop combined and 30 per cent swathed or ready to straight cut, according to Saskatchewan A g r i c u l t u r e ’s We e k l y Crop Report, dated for the period September 6 to 12. The five year (2006-2010) provincial average for this time of year is 47 per cent combined and 30 per cent ready to straight-cut. Harvest progress varies across the province. The southwest and southeast have 71 per cent combined, the west-central and eastcentral regions have 57 per cent and 56 per cent combined, respectively; the northeast has 47 per cent combined and the northwest 39 per cent. Ninety-two per cent of the lentils, 94 per cent of the field peas, 56 per cent of the durum, 53 per cent of the spring wheat and canola and six per cent of the flax have been combined. Across the province, topsoil moisture on cropland is rated as two per cent surplus, 69 per cent adequate, 26 per cent short and three per c e n t v e r y s h o r t . H ay

land and pasture topsoil moisture is rated as two per cent surplus, 63 per cent adequate, 33 per cent short and two per cent very short.

Freezing temperatures were recorded throughout most of the province on September 13, which will have some effect on the late-seeded crops. Recent

high winds rolled swaths around in some areas. In general, crop yields are reported to be average to above-average with the exception of the areas in

the south and southeast that received excess moisture in the spring. Crop quality is good on the crop that has been combined to date.

Fa r m e r s a r e b u s y harvesting, seeding winter cereals, hauling bales and controlling weeds on unseeded acres.

Donor’s Choice sets $32,000 goal A goal of $32,000 has been set for the 2011 Biggar a n d D i s t r i c t D o n o r ’s Choice campaign. The town blitz will take place October 11 to 13. There are 32 charities

included in the collection, nine of which are local. Donor’s Choice is a once-a-year collection for these charities, rather than a representative of

each charity making an appeal at your door many times throughout the year. This enables people to plan and budget their

Health care takes instruction, care to blossom . . . Great Plains Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) students get their hands on ‘Dolly’, an interactive instruction simulated patient last Thursday at the Biggar Hospital. The students were learning how to catheter a patient, and the doll received plenty of attention as the students move through the learning process. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

charitable donations more easily. The donor ch o o s e s t h e ch a r i t i e s and the amount given to each. No more than one per cent of the money received is held back for administration. Your address is known only to this agency and does not get on any appeal mailing list. Last year, a different method was used to provide the donor with the sheet containing a brief description of each charity, and space to prepare for the canvasser’s visit. It seemed quite satisfactory, so once again, instead of being delivered to the door, the sheet will be av a i l a b l e f o r p i c k - u p at several businesses including grocery stores, drug stores, Royal Bank, Credit Union, Biggar New Horizons, Biggar Museum and Gallery, Biggar Library, and The Independent.

People are encouraged to read this information to know how your donations benefit all of society. Many canvassers are needed. If you are willing to canvass a block or two in town, please call Marion Fritz at 948-3326 or Donna Fines at 9483659. If you are missed by a canvasser, you can take your donation directly to the Biggar Royal Bank. Due to lack of volunteer canvassers, the rural area will not be canvassed, and Donor’s Choice is encouraging rural residents to take their donations directly to the Biggar Royal Bank. The Biggar and District Donor’s Choice committee encourages area residents to be generous and courteous when a c a n v a s s e r c a l l s, a n d make this a successful 2011 campaign.



SRMTA Student Composer Competition Brock Thomson’s composition for piano, March to the Game, was awarded First Place in the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association Student Composer Competition. The Student Composer Competition is aimed at encouraging music writing for either solo instruments or for voice. Winning entries from the SRMStudent Composer Competition will then advance to the CFMTA Student Composer Competition for competition at the national level. Brock was awarded a

$75 scholarship sponsored by Prairie Malt Ltd. Katja Meszaros was, for the third year consecutively, recognized for her compositional skills by the Alberta Piano Teachers Association. She placed first in her category with her composition for voice and piano, You Can Soar in the Alberta Piano Teachers Association Creative Writing Competition. Katja received a cash prize sponsored by the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association.

Brock Thomson

Katja Meszaros

Biggar’s Heart of the City Piano beats again! Kelsey Hammond

Hammond named to Sask Honour Choir 2011 Kelsey Hammond has been selected as a member of the Saskatchewan Honour Choir 2011. She will be sharing her lovely soprano voice, joining with High School aged singers from across the Province in the SATB Choir. They will rehearse in early November, and perform in concert at the Saskatchewan Music Conference in Regina

on November 5. Stephen Hatfield of British Columbia will be the conductor. Kelsey completed her Grade 5 Singing exam in June with First Class Honours. She was recommended for this Choir by her Voice teacher, Joy McFarlane-Burton. Kelsey is a Grade 10 student at BCS 2000, and is the daughter of Tim and Darcie Hammond.

SRMTA Community Music Award The Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ (SRMTA) Community Music Award recognizes students throughout Saskatchewan who take their music out into the community. Students of any age or level of music study, studying with an SRMTA member are eligible to apply. Receiving Silver

Awards for 35 hours of service to the community was Jessica Carruthers and Kelsey Hammond, Katja Meszaros received a Gold award for her over 60 hours of community involvement. These young ladies were three of six students recognized from across Saskatchewan.

Jessica Carruthers

Moving into its fifth year of bringing music to students, Biggar will be offering the Heart of the City Program (HCCP) at BCS 2000 and St. Gabriels School. The Heart of the City Program is a volunteerrun program that enhances the lives and learning opportunities for children of families facing financial obstacles through structured music lessons. This innovative program is the only one of its kind in Canada, with program sites in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario. Biggar’s HCPP will provide opportunity for a maximum of 12 students in our community with musical instruction. Student teachers

and local volunteers act as teachers in Biggar’s Heart of the City Piano Program. Students of the HCPP annually participate in two recitals and the Biggar Music Festival. Biennially, four students are chosen to participate in Saskatchewan’s Festival of the Heart, an opportunity to meet, learn and participate in musical activities with students from across Saskatchewan. The HCCP is run totally by donation of time by volunteers and financially by local donations. If you are interested in donating financially or with your time, please contact Peggy L’Hoir at 948-5231.

Royal Conservatory Examination results Jeena Achkar, Katelynn Zagoruy -- Grade 1 Piano; Emily Goring, Brock Thomson -- Grade 2 Piano; Jamal Achkar -- Grade 3 Piano; Austin Carruthers, Geoffrey Massie -- Grade 5 Piano; Jessi Gilchrist, Liam Hammond, Destiny Hammel, Kevin Guan -- Grade 6 Piano; Alexis Epp, Shelayna Elliot -Grade 7 Piano; Jessica Carruthers -- Grade 7 Piano; Kelsey Hammond -- Grade 9 Piano; Katja Meszaros -- Grade 10 Piano. History 1 -- Kelsey Hammond; Intermediate Harmony -- Katja Meszaros; Brittany McRann, Austin Carruthers -- Intermediate Rudiments. Kathryn Aldridge --

Grade 4 Singing; Destiny Hammel; Grade 4 Singing; Kelsey Hammond -- Grade 5 Singing; Katja Meszaros -- Grade 8 Singing. The curriculum of The Royal Conservatory is made available and accessible to students across North America through The Royal Conservatory Examinations Certificate Program. Examinations are conducted four times each year in more than 300 communities through a network of local centres. Each centre has a local Examination Centre Representative whose role is to provide information, assist teachers and students, and ensure a successful examination experience.

Accepting Beginner, Intermediate and Adults Call Lauren Epp 948-7219 Peggy L’Hoir 948-5231 Kelsey Hammond

Royal Conservatory students



Sask. unemployment rate drops to 4.5 per cent -- lowest in Canada Full-time employment hits another all-time hig

There are now more people working full-time than ever before in the province’s history and Saskatchewan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 per cent in August, its lowest level since February 2010. That’s also the lowest unemployment rate in Canada, according to the August labour force report released September 9 by Statistics Canada. Saskatchewan has now had the lowest unemployment rate in Canada for six straight months. Regina (tied with Guelph) has the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among Canadian cities at 4.7 per cent while Saskatoon is the fourth lowest at 5.1 per cent. Full-time employment hit an all-time high of 454,300 in August, breaking the record that had been set the previous month. Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister Rob Norris said the new numbers demonstrate that Saskatchewan continues to be the best place in Canada for workers pursuing a wide range of opportunities. “In fact, Saskatchewan is probably the best place to be in North America right now,” Norris said. “Our unemployment rate is by far the lowest in

Canada and less than half the unemployment rate in the U.S. While other places are struggling with high unemployment, our unemployment rate keeps going down.” There were 529,000 people working in Saskatchewan in August 2011 -- a decrease of 3,200 compared to August 2010. “Saskatchewan leads all provinces in several economic indicators including housing starts, value of building permits, retail and wholesale trade and manufacturing shipments,” Norris said. “No wonder Saskatchewan business owners are among the most optimistic in the country. “With more than 10,000 jobs available right now on, opportunities are available in every part of the province.”

Sing to the Heavens . . . Biggar Prairie Notes began tuning up for the upcoming season, Wednesday, filling St. Gabriel’s Church with the sounds of ascending, descending register and, of course, the wonderful

byproducts of all that vocal exercise -- songs of wondrous joy and beauty. Watch for their opening concert this November during Canada Music Week. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

Sask. losing jobs while Alberta gains, says Broten In response to a report released by Statistics Canada, September 9, NDP Education, Employment and Immigration Critic Cam Broten said he is concerned by the downward direction of our job numbers. According to Statistics Canada, the number of people who are working in Saskatchewan dropped by 3,200 over the last year, while neighbouring Alberta added 87,500 jobs. “It’s concerning that our

province lost 3,200 jobs at a time when Alberta added a whopping 87,500 jobs,” Broten said. “To have stagnant job growth in Saskatchewan while Alberta’s labour market is booming is worrisome because we will likely end up exporting many of our unemployed to our neighbouring province.” While Broten welcomed the fact that we continue to have the lowest unemployment rate in

the country, he cautioned that we must look deeper than the rate to gain a true understanding of the employment picture in Saskatchewan. “Saskatchewan’s overall labour force -- those who are of working age and are either employed or actively looking for work -- shrunk by 5,600 over the last year,” Broten said. Sectors that lost the most jobs over the past year include: Manufacturing

(-1,600 jobs). “I don’t think the Sask Party government deserves all of the blame for the stagnant labour market in our province, but they definitely deserve some,” Broten said. “They chose to cut important employment development and job training programs which was a short-sighted and irresponsible decision. Now key sectors and regions are losing jobs and our labour force is shrinking.”

(-4,900 jobs); Construction (-2,900 jobs); Agriculture (-2,800 jobs); Health care and social assistance (-2,300 jobs); Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing (-1,200 jobs). The number of entrepreneurs who are self-employed also dropped by 8,600. The job loss was spread out over several economic regions in Saskatchewan: SaskatoonBiggar (-2,200 jobs); Swift Current-Moose Jaw (-1,900 jobs); and Yorkton-Melville

Arts Council performance season kicks off this Friday It promises to be a terrific Biggar Arts Council concert series as eight performances are on the slate for the 2011-12 season. It all begins this Friday, September 23 at the Majestic Theatre, 7:30 p.m. with instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, Ed Peekeekoot. Growing up in a musical and supportive family helped Ed Peekeekoot become a highly skilled finger-style guitarist. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist,

Ed also plays fiddle, banjo, and traditional Native flute and drums. Mainly a solo performer, Ed also appears in duos with his musical friends including Winston Wuttunee and Alan Moberg. His in the key of Cree was nominated for Best Country CD at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards 2008 and he performed on the awards show broadcast live on APTN. Fa s t o n t h e h e e l s of Peekeekoot, is 2009 Canadian Folk Music

Ed Peekeekoot will be at The Majestic Theatre this Friday. (Submitted Photo)


Award winner, Karrnnel. K a r r n n e l i s q u i ck l y establishing himself as one of the most dynamic and original fiddle players in the country. Karrnnel plays October 26. Woody Holler and His Orchestra plays November 12.This cowboy troubadour is rooted in a sense of nostalgia. HIs crooning style is reminiscent of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The new year begins January 15 with the Human Statues. This folk/ pop duo are on a mission to spread “jubilation” across the nation. High energy shows are a trademark, as well as intimate acoustic performances. The pair connects with the audience through humour, and are often described as a cross between the Flight of the Conchords and Simon and Garfunkel.

Prairie girl, Belle Plaine comes to the Majestic, February 3. Powerful vocals paired with poetic lyrics define Belle Plaine’s (aka: Melanie Handewich’s) music. February 18 marks the prairie debut of Alexander Sevastian. Sevastian will take the audience on a musical adventure with classical music played on an accordion, mixed with humour and an engaging rapport with the audience. Juno-nominated Cadence brings their jazz to the Majestic, March 23. Incredible vocal performances, mixed with virtuosic instrumentals and wild stage antics, Biggar audiences won’t want to miss this one. The season comes to an end on April 25 with Suzie Vinnick. The Saskatoon native is the owner of a

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gorgeous, powerful voice, mixed with a sweet mixture of engaging candidness and unparalleled musicianship. The Juno nominated Vinnick mixes blues into a folksy blend for an intimate evening -- the perfect end to the

Biggar Arts Council concert series. Again, it all begins this Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre with Ed Peekeekoot. Tickets are still available from de Moissac Jewellers.

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Opinions Positive attitude shines I was reading the recent issue of Sask Business magazine and the first article I read is Paul Martin’s last page. He refers to this time as “the silly season”. The time just before a provincial election when all sorts of things are being said. The magazine is dedicated to business entrepreneurs in the province and this issue contained the Top 100. Quite a listing as well as some interesting stories. The one constant throughout all the features was the fact that there exists in Saskatchewan a positive business climate. That means investors are willing to bring their money into the province. Businesses are being established and know they will be able to operate without interference from government. Guess what? These businesses are hiring people which means jobs are being created. Such a positive message. Contrast that to some of the messages being brought forth by our politicians -- those who want to burden business with added taxes, more forms and generally discourage them from doing business here. It is indeed, the silly season. One only has to look back at the last four years to see a change, not only in the business community, but in the overall attitude of the Saskatchewan people. It is more of a “can do” swagger and belief that things are improving. It is no wonder then that the recent statistics show that voters are happy with the present government and have no wish to change anything. I guess the old adage “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” holds true in this case. Of course, the only poll that counts is the one that happens on Election Day. So, on November 7 make sure you make that trek to the polling station and mark your X. (Hopefully the provincial polling stations are better organized than those in the federal election.) See you then.

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The Liberals should just get a grip by Pat Murphy, Columnist, Troy Media If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results, then it’s truly time for the federal Liberals to get a grip. According to interim leader Bob Rae, Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty have a “Tea Party-type ideology.” But being an intelligent man, Rae surely knows that this particular shtick is well past its sell-by date. Mind you, it used to work. When Preston Manning and Reform came on the national scene in the early 1990s, they were effectively demonized as extremists attempting to introduce the worst of American Republican conservatism to Canada. An efficient job was similarly done on Stockwell Day in 2000, and, arguably, on “scary” Stephen Harper in 2004. A tactic with diminishing returns But it was an attack weapon with built-in obsolescence. If someone like Harper ever came to power and didn’t tearup Medicare and criminalise

abortion, the future effectiveness of the tactic would necessarily diminish. Still, as long as Harper was constrained by a minority, one could always push the angle that the extremist beast would emerge in full ferocity should he ever win majority status. That too is now demonstrably problematic. So why do the Liberals keep at it? Perhaps it’s just a manifestation of the need to juice the base and provide emotional gratification to the partisans, something that all political parties do. While not an edifying spectacle, think of it as the shabby part of democracy’s overhead. But what if juicing the base isn’t the primary reason? What if, at bottom, they have nothing else to say? Or nothing to say that has any near-term prospect of restoring anything resembling their historical status. For decades, the Liberals’ centre-left positioning was neatly aligned with the predominant mood of the Canadian electorate. However,

perhaps the electorate has shifted centre-right, in part because the Liberals’ past accomplishments have already put a social safety net in place. Whatever their defects, programmes like the Canada Pension Plan and Medicare - both introduced under Lester Pearson’s Liberals are generally very popular with Canadians. Anyone who sought to dismantle them would get short shrift. But Stephen Harper has no intention of doing that. While he may very well seek to contain their future growth, their fundamental existence isn’t in question. This brings us to the situational dimension of politics, meaning that people take what they have for granted unless it’s credibly threatened. As psychologists noted long ago, a satisfied need is no longer a motivator. So the centre-left approach upon which the Liberals built their dominance may no longer be the most desirable spot on the spectrum.



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At the height of Paul Martin’s deficit-slaying popularity, the Liberals had the perfect opportunity to shift their orientation to centre-right. But they didn’t. Perhaps it just wasn’t in their DNA. Maybe the few years of reluctant deficit-fighting and retrenchment had created an irresistible urge to return to their roots and look for expansive new visions. And while the Liberals reaffirmed their traditional centre-left positioning, the vacuum on the centre-right was occupied by the reunited Conservatives. In locating the new entity there, Harper had to move a bit himself. But doing so was no more than recognition of the need to distinguish between abstract ideas and practical realities. As for the Liberals’ current “Tea Party” shtick, it and its variants are more than eyebrow-raising oddities. They’re also an impediment to the party’s recovery prospects. Liberal ‘shtick’ damaging their credibility Most people don’t think about

politics a lot. And when they do, their message receptivity is finite. It isn’t wise to waste that valuable bandwidth by transmitting gratuitously ridiculous messages. What’s more, it damages your credibility. In the Reagan era, American Democrats never learned this lesson, preferring to persistently portray him as some kind of wild-eyed, dangerous radical. But as voters became familiar with him, most of them saw that charge for the silliness it was. So invariably, he wiped the floor with his Democratic opposition. Bob Rae is a smart man. And he has personal experience with the need to discard political baggage. In his new interim leader role, he should start by aligning the rhetoric more closely to reality. Pat Murphy is a history and economics graduate from University College Dublin, Ireland. He has contributed articles to the National Post, History Ireland, Irish Connections Canada, and Breifne.


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Energy efficient homes continue to get $1,000 rebate were many happy times that were shared with friends and family. There are two entries from her journals that I would like to share with you. One is titled Generations Heritage. “We are a generation born of old country people, who spoke English brokenly, prayed in another language, and ate food prepared in the old country way. Today we no longer speak their language as it has been forgotten. Though we still maintain some of their culture, it has diminished greatly in daily use. The irony of it all is that they were truer Canadians than we. They had forsaken home and family, for unknown new land with only courage and the hands that God gave them. They had given us in our turn the right to be born Canadian. Little by little even we, and the sons and daughters and the generations that follow will forget. The old country people will be only a fading memory and names will

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke I have always been interested in genealogy and my ancestors. It seems as if knowing them I will come to a better understanding of myself. I visited with my aunt in Calgary who keeps such faithful records of family history -- not just dates of birth and death and names as the generations come along but stories about the life they led. She writes and writes and writes. Thankfully so. Her journals are an insight into a previous life, one we tend to forget in our busy lives of today. But, these tales tell of a time when things really were not so good. We may complain about the economy today but after reading what life was like during the Depression years we have much to be thankful for. Yet, despite the lack of funds there

mean nothing. He who forgets his past has no future.” In another journal she writes: “Let it not be said, ‘they are a people without history.’ I encourage all those who may someday read my This & That books, to take up a pen and write, write, write.” Perhaps it is due to her influence that I write today. And it is because of her untiring determination that we know who we are and where we came from that I appreciate so much her childhood memories. Especially so because there are some entries that pertain to my mother who has since passed. The world has changed as it should and we move forward. Today we embrace a technology that was unheard of years ago. As it should be. But, there will be a time in the future when those generations will wonder about life “back then”. It is up to us here and now to write down what we have seen and heard. Life is about memories but memories must be shared.

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The province’s Go Green Fund will provide an operating grant of $500,000 to SaskEnergy for continued delivery of the Energy Efficient New Homes Rebate Program. The program was developed in 2007 to provide a rebate to homeowners who have built or purchased a newly constructed Energy Star qualified, R-2000 certified, or an EnerGuide for New Homes rating of 80 or above home. “Our government is committed to helping Saskatchewan people Go Green,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “We are continuing to fund the

Energy Efficient New Homes Rebate Program because it encourages homeowners to build new homes to higher energy efficiency standards and reduces energy and water resource use.” Homeowners are eligible for a rebate of $1,000 for building or purchasing a new home that is qualified or certified to these specifications. New homeowners must complete the rebate form in full and mail it, along with the required documents, to SaskEnergy within 12 months of their new home possession date. SaskEnergy administers the program on behalf of

Go Green. In the first four years of this program, 1,325 homeowners received rebates. To-date, approximately 3,675 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been reduced annually as each new energy efficient home reduces approximately three tonnes of GHGs per year, compared to new houses built to the minimum building standard. To learn more about the Energy Efficient New Homes Rebate Program, as well as other rebates available from SaskEnergy go to

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24 @ Third Ave. Park, Biggar 1 - 6:30 p.m. Boxing




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Bungee Run & much, much more!

If weather is unfavourable, event will be held in St. Gabriel School Gym

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Hot Diggity! by Bob Mason It’s quite probable that some Blackberrybearing young person will wave their finger across its face and prove that a lot of YT’s most precious memories are wrong. But darn it all, for most of our lives, we older types have been taught to respect our parents’ memories (right or wrong) and accept them as part of our Western culture! So here goes anyway! The “Hot Day” of 1937: (Don’t interrupt just

“By noon the temperature had risen to over 105˚ Fahrenheit and a strong hot wind got up.” yet!). As I recall, the day started out like most

early summer days of our long lives. Kind of cool in the morning, and the crop sure looked good! Mebbe it was dry in a few places, I dunno, but where we were the foothigh growth on most fields looked dandy! The 1930’s (The Dirty Thirties, Ten Lost Years and all that) hadn’t been very nice, that’s true, but the disappointments of those times only intensified the enthusiasm of many old farmers to grow the good crops that they knew this country could. Actually a lot of them were looking forward. Then came that one day! I’m not sure what it was like everywhere else, but the whole province suffered that day! By noon the temperature had risen to over 105˚ Fahrenheit and a strong hot wind got up. The crop that had been such a beautiful, lush green in the morning quickly became an ugly, wilted brown as the day went on. Our baseball team was supposed to play on the local sports ground, but by the time we ventured

our of the basement and walked 50 feet to our old truck, we knew how come only “mad dogs (and Englishmen!) go out in the midday sun!” I think that it might have brought the crop back a bit had it rained, but it didn’t and the crop failure of 1937, the worse year of the Great Depression, became part of Western history! Some modern statistic type, is bound to “pooh, pooh” memories, like this, but oldtimers are almost proud of having survived that summer. We should all be proud of things like this that prove the resilience of ordinary people in the face of disappointment and hardship, because bad times are bound to come again, eh? I saw the weather forecast on TV today and the meteorological (some word, eh?) people tell us that we are going to have a couple of weeks of record breaking* temperatures (no argument there, because everybody knows that our modern technical “know how” is infallible!) I still think that a little

Donations made as a result of Musical Ride . . . Jim Besse hands Jo Angelopoulos of Friends of the Lodge, a cheque for $7,579.77, money raised during the recent RCMP Musical Ride. The money goes to the replacement for the Diamond Lodge. Left to right: Biggar RCMP Sgt. Doug Dersch, Musical Ride Committee members Barb Barteski, Jim Besse, Friends of the Lodge, Jo Angelopoulos, Penny McCallum (Musical Ride Committee), Biggar Rec Valley members Silvia Fick, Bobbie-Jo Wolfe, Lisa Haynes. The Rack Petroleum’s Michelle Epp hands Biggar Rec Valley’s Lisa Haynes, a cheque for $2,500, raised as part of The Rack’s sponsorship money of the RCMP Musical Ride. Left to right: Biggar RCMP’s Doug Dersch, Musical Ride Committee members Barb Barteski, Penny McCallum, Jim Besse, The Rack’s Michelle Epp, Biggar Rec Valley members, Lisa Haynes, Silvia Fick and Bobbie-Jo Wolfe.

Another lucky Museum ‘Toonie’ winner . . . Biggar Museum and Gallery’s Mary Lee Sapsford, right, hands this month’s Museum Toonie winner Marilyn Craig a cheque for $123. You still have your chance to win -- just check out the Toonie draw displays at Biggar businesses. (Independent Photo by Kevin Brautigam)

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bit of colour here and there in an oldtimers memory is alot more entertaining than the weather forecasters’ cold hard facts! We’re king of glad to hear about warm weather in September though, because everybody knows that early on these cool mornings, YT is going to be golf course bound . . . The medical folks tell us that too much hot sun isn’t healthy, which is mebbe right, but in a lot of those unventilated European slit trenches we just snuggled down and took everything Apollo threw at us because taking a stroll in the breeze topside was a lot unhealthier! A couple of guys tried that, and stretched out on the nice cool grass . . . they were still there when we moved on! Many times in the last some years, YT has jumped into a tub of real warm water and tried to imagine how cold he was at K.V. in January 1945. But darn it all, again, it just isn’t the same! George Blackburn writes that the winter of 1944-45 was the coldest one in Dutch memory -- and we slept outside! Yet, like I say, times have changed! So much for heat, eh? It seems kind of funny that we suffered those plans of other people, yet when we got home we did much the same thing! No matter how hot it got, nor how uncomfortable the heat made us feel, we said things like: “We’ve got to make hay while the sun shines!” or “The weeds on that far field are getting ahead of us and heat or not we’ve gotta cultivate!” We were putting in a “structure” in a canal at Outlook one time, and boy was it ever hot down in the trench we were

digging. The foreman was standing up on top in the breeze and every now and then hosing a little water on the clay we were packing. All of a sudden YT held up his hand for a second and “splat” he sprayed a shot from that hose square on my back. The fellow beside me remarked: “I sure wouldn’t let the son of a so-and-so do that to me!” But as the hot, hot, day wore on, hands were going up and spray was coming down all over the place! Heat is a great thing though, and the plants that shoot up out here every spring seem to welcome it more than we do! Personally, YT isn’t in favour of this kind of stuff but even the snowbirds tell me that they sure like it down south! Mentioning heat I can’t forget the construction guy who “hot-wired” the tractor seat on my machine! YT didn’t have to look far to find out who done it, for Karl started to laugh a soon as I turned on the switch. Mebbe that is why a pigeon flew out of his lunch kit when he opened it the next day! Sneaky little note: Now that we are kind of old and can’t stand the real hot days anymore, my wife wonders why I go upstairs so much! Actually, I have a large fan going behind my chair as I write this -- but don’t tell anybody, eh? *See the Yellowgrass temperature of 1937 Editors Note: Our humble, ever-so eccentric correspondent, wrote this “heated” column earlier this month, while most of Saskatchewan was in the grips of ovenlike temperatures that clambered up to the 30˚ plus mark.


HYDRANT FLUSHING The Town of Biggar Utility Department will be FLUSHING FIRE HYDRANTS beginning Monday, September 12, 2011 and this work will continue throughout the month of September. Flushing will commence on the east side

of Biggar and should be completed within a week and a half at which time the west side will be done. PLEASE TAKE NOTE that the QUALITY OF WATER you will be receiving from the Town may be affected by this work and we would ask for your co-operation throughout this period. This work is being done to Áush out water mains, which will help the quality of water. Your co-operation during this period is appreciated.




with their efforts at their next games. Next Wednesday we will be sending six representatives from our school’s SRC to the Provincial Leadership Conference in Kindersley.

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It is guaranteed to be a fantastic time and we are counting down the days! Until then, we hope you enjoy what is supposed to be a weekend of great weather.

On Friday morning we prepared a wonderful barbecue for 10 of our residents. It’s so nice to have a small relaxing dinner together. In the afternoon we gathered around our new beautiful piano and sang some of our favourite songs! Following sing along we had happy hour. Saturday morning we played a game of Scattegories. In the afternoon we watched an old western, “The Train Robbers”. Sunday brought in many visitors. We sang a few hymns in the afternoon and visited outside and enjoyed the beautiful


BCS News by Tayler McCarty and Taylor Darroch Yay! It’s finally starting to cool down and feel like fall! The leaves are even changing into a rainbow of beautiful colours. Last Friday our Blazers Football team played Spiritwood and lost a tough battle, but they are looking forward to turning that around during their game in Shellbrook last week. The cross country Blazing Saints team has been very busy this week. On Monday they travelled to Langham and on Thursday they were off to Rosetown to show off all their hard work. This Friday and Saturday our Senior Boys volleyball team will be hosting their home tournament, so be sure to come out and cheer them onto victory! Our Senior Girls and junior teams have also been practicing hard, and we’re sure they’ll make us proud

Hello to all! We can’t believe these are our last days of summer and it has sure felt like it with all the heat we have been having. Monday there were no scheduled activities due to the holiday. Tuesday we talked of current event’s , had a coffee break and visited. In the afternoon we played wheel of fortune. The first Wednesday of the month is when we celebrate our monthly birthday and anniversaries. This month we had three birthdays and two anniversaries. Helping us celebrate was the Century Club Band who performed for us and the United Church ladies who provided us with lunch. Thanks so much for the lovely evening. The residents had a great time! Thursday morning we did our exercise routine and then in the afternoon tried to stay cool while we played bingo.

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Agriculture Safe food rules important, but commonsense must prevail by Calvin Daniels It was interesting to see a recent story about the recent Cairns Group ministerial meeting in Saskatoon marks the first time group m e m b e r s discussed ways scientific innovations and rules-based trade may help meet global food security objectives. The idea of food security is one we should consider for a variety of reasons. On one hand, the basic idea is one we should generally embrace. Safe food is important for us all since food is one of life’s essential. And on the other hand the more rules established around food security, the greater the red tape and cost

farmers are likely to face in marketing their crops and livestock. We have deemed food traceability a key aspect of food safety and that means back from the kitchen table to the farm gate, and while the processing sector will be able to pass on its costs to consumers, farmers are not likely to see new costs factored into what they receive from the marketplace. There is however a growing question about whether we are maybe going so far in establishing rules we are about to lose a huge part of our food heritage in the process. I think about one of my favourite shows on

television right now regarding food; Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. The host travels the world eating the weirdest foods he can find, possum and raccoon in the Ozarks, whole deep fried chicks and partially incubated eggs in Orient, worms, bugs, tarantulas and in almost every country, some of his favoured foods are found from street vendors. That has always been something I have thought my city of Yorkton lacked, a street vendor selling perogies and hotdogs. Of course to operate such a business now in Canada is something where people need to be ready to work through a tonne of regulations to make it a go. And it goes farther. A rib barbecue competition at the local summer fair took a long visit from

health inspectors to get the go ahead. Yes safety is important, but backyard barbecues are not exactly alien science competitors were foreign too. An upcoming cultural event in the city isn’t sure cultural foods will be part of the event because the regulations are simply daunting. Neighbourhood and community pot luck suppers, and even the farmer’s market sale of cooked goods is becoming ever more difficult. Do we need rules? Well to say no would be anarchist talk, but at the same time I have attended a lot of rural fairs and sports days eating cold cut dinners, potato salad with eggs and salad dressing included, and I don’t recall an upset stomach, and that was in years before most of the current rule regime existed.

I will grant food when a youngster might well have been safer in the sense the potatoes in the salad likely came from the family garden of the cook, and the eggs from their chicken coop. The control over the food we ate was much more in our hands. We knew if a pig was sick, and never butchered that animal in the fall, when we actually picked the animal out of the pen, shot it humanely and lifted it with a block and tackle to butcher ourselves. It was the same with chickens. And, most of the vegetables we ate came from the garden, canned, frozen or saved in cold storage for winter. Much of the fruit was even gathered, blueberries, saskatoons and chokecherries in the wild, currents, raspberries, rhubarb,

gooseberries and strawberries from the garden. I grew up eating food I helped raise and put up for winter. Now, I can tell you in my own case I haven’t grown a thing to eat in more than a decade, and with the exception of the occasional farmer’s market purchase from an area producer, I rely on food grown by others often hundreds, if not thousands of miles away, processed by others, truck by others, and handled by far too many others before I eat it. So I am left to wonder if rules that impact barbecue events, cultural food sales at local events, potluck suppers is what is needed for safer food? Or, do we need to take more personal responsibility for our own food, growing more of it, processing more of it, and cooking more of it?


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Residents will not be able to receive insured health benefits without a valid Saskatchewan Health Services Card. The health card renewal packages will be mailed out between Sept. 15 and 30. While the success rate of reaching residents is over 90 per cent, there are always those who are missed because they have not advised Saskatchewan Health of changes to their personal circumstances such as address changes, moves out of province or changes in marital status. Residents who have not received their renewal stickers by midOctober should contact Health Registration Branch by mail at 1001942 Hamilton Street, Regina, S4P 4W2; e-mail at hcrenewal@health.; fax at 306-7878951 or by phone at 306787-3251 or 1-800-6677551. The Saskatchewan Health Services card is revalidated every

three years, by placing the renewal sticker on the current health card. Health cards were last revalidated in 2008. More than 616,000 Saskatchewan households will be receiving health card renewal packages this year. In addition to the renewal sticker(s), HealthLine sticker(s) with the HealthLine phone number, and organ donor sticker(s) and consent card(s), are included in the renewal package. Residents 18 years or age of older who choose to become an organ donor need to attach the organ donor sticker to their health card, sign the organ donor consent card and keep both in their wallet. For more information on health cards and health benefits, visit on Ministry of Health’s Web site.



BMFA President’s Report 2011 by Debbie Peterson This year both the Town and the RM of Biggar celebrate their 100th anniversary. The Biggar Music Festival Association has been there for 83 of those years. There have been a lot of changes since that first festival in 1928. We see the change of volunteerism in modern society reflected in our own organization. Finding executive members can be difficult. As community groups fold, the scholarships they once presented are gone. When the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian disbanded, B M F A was given $1000 to present for 10 years of scholarships. Thanks to some very dedicated volunteers, the festival always goes on. On December 7, 2010 we held our annual Carol Festival. The noon hour was filled with school children singing to a full house at the Majestic Theatre. Volunteers contributed food for the bag lunches that were sold. We also held a concert in the evening featuring adult choirs. The Carol Festival is the main fund raiser for the spring festival. Our 2011 spring music festival ran from March 7 to 15. Our instrumental adjudicator, Terry Heckman, only had 12 entries to adjudicate. He filled the day with workshops for the bands

in the morning, as well as working with the individual participants in the afternoon. This year the instrumental session was held in the band room at Biggar Central School 2000. The piano sessions were held at the Majestic Theatre and were adjudicated by Deborah Buck. There were 26 junior piano entries, plus

Limited/Cargill Cares was a BMFA patron. Biggar Flower and Gift Shop provided the floral arrangements for the Rose Bowls. Local businesses, community clubs, and individuals provided a variety of scholarships in all disciplines. Congratulations to Katja Meszaros, Kelsey Hammond and Chelsea Mahan who were all recommended to continue on to the Provincial competi-

tion June 3 to 5 in Moose Jaw. Also congratulations to Katja Meszaros for being awarded both the Vocal and Piano Rose Bowls, and to Liam Hammond who received the Instrumental Rose Bowl. These were presented with the other awards in a performance filled evening Friday, March 18. The preparations for the 2012 Music Festival have begun. The BMFA fall meeting is sched-

uled for September 27 with new president Susan Lehnert at the helm. She has the support of the provincial organization. The current SMFA president is our own Joy McFarlane-Burton. Susan has the support of our “dedicated regulars”, but more volunteers are welcome, and needed. The smaller number of festival participants may mean a shorter festival, but it also means fewer

parent volunteers. The number of volunteers utilized by the festival has dropped considerably over the years, reflecting the unavailability of people during the day. But no matter how many entrants there are, there are still jobs that have to be done. With your support, the Biggar Music Festival can also reach its 100th anniversary.


10 Heart of the City entries, and 69 intermediate piano entries. The vocal session began the following week, also at the Majestic Theatre. Adjudicator Kathryn Watt had 74 entries appear before her. The total of 191 entries is down from previous years, but the quality of performance remained. This year we had donors who sponsored sessions. The Biggar Credit Union sponsored the adjudicator for the instrumental section; H and R Block sponsored the adjudicator on the Tuesday for piano; and Leslie’s Drug Store sponsored the theatre rental for the Monday afternoon and evening of the vocal session. Prairie Malt

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by Delta Fay Cruickshank, of The Independent On Thursday, September 23, autumn is officially here. Felt like it this morning (Wednesday, September 14), as I witnessed my vegetable garden covered in frost! Thankfully I had taken the advice

native of North America, the Michaelmas daisy is a blast of colour in our flower beds at this time. A huge attraction for the last of the season’s butterflies, bees and moths, it is actually an aster, Aster novi-

The Michaelmas daisy, actually a daisy, is named for the day of feasting because it will be blooming late in the autumn. A hardy perennial, it also attracts butterflies and bees, getting their last shot of nectar before the long months of winter. (photos from

the Jewish New Year, prepare to pay off your debts, sleep in, and eat roast goose and bannock! As in every day of the year, it will be a good day to say thank you for all that is yours! Here is the recipe for Michaelmas Bannock: 1 cup barley flour 1 cup wheat flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 cup sugar 1 cup white raisins 1 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon cinnamon

the spices and sift again. 3.) Add oats, sugar, and raisins to flour mixture. Slowly add the buttermilk and mix by hand until mixture forms a ball. 4.) Next, turn the dough out onto a well-floured board. Knead, turn about 50 or 60 times. Re-flour as needed. Shape into a round flat cake about 1 1/2 inch thick. Score top of loaf with a cross. 5.) Bake it for 25 minutes. The Welsh call this ‘Struan Micheil’. Folklore dictates that the baker bless each loaf during every stage

Michaelmas, a day to honour the Archangel Michael, defender of Heaven, is on September 29. of friends and covered my pumpkins. My brussels sprouts were a failure, not so with my pumpkins! Win some, lose some is the name of the game! The autumn equinox is followed by Michaelmas, the feast of Michael the Archangel, on September 29. And at this time the Michaelmas daisies should be blooming. A perennial, actually a

belgii. I have grown this beautiful, very easy to care for plant in many places, because I need to see colour before our world turns to white! Up against the golden fall colours, the light purple is a real feast for the eyes! If you see a plant for sale now, or in the early spring, I suggest you buy it for your autumn flower bed and let me know where you

found it! It will divide beautifully if you know someone who has one. Do it real soon or wait for spring! This time of year is steeped with folklore and mystery, likely because winter starvation was so feared in the ancient peoples! Michaelmas celebrates the Archangel Michael who defeated Lucifer in the war in Heaven. He is also the patron saint of artists, bakers, gravediggers, grocers, milliners, mountaineers, p a r a m e d i c s , paratroopers, police officers, radiologists, sailors, and soldiers. Traditionally, in the United Kingdom, it is also the time of the year when all accounts should be paid up, all debts paid and reeves elected. To me, seems time to get all your affairs in order just in case you don’t make it through the winter! On September 29, since the days of Queen Victoria in Britain, tradition is to serve roast goose with sage and onion dressing, along with Michaelmas Bannock and a blackberry pie. Roast goose was the Queen’s favourite meal. Why blackberry pie you ask . . . because from this

day forward, according to legend, these berries cannot be picked! The legend goes that Satan was banished from Heaven on this day. He fell into a blackberry bush, cursing the bramble! Another lovely legend is that on Michaelmas, one can sleep in as long as one likes, here is a little ditty recited during the eighteenth century: Nature requires five, Custom requires seven; Laziness takes nine, And Michaelmas eleven. So, next Thursday, which this year is also Rosh Hashanah,

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Blazing Saints Cross Country report by Teresa Newton We have had a fast start to our season this year. Practices began the first day of school, as we usually do. We have had several new faces coming out this year as well as veterans who have shown great leadership. The coaches for this year consist of: Blair and Jennifer Carruthers, Sharon Hollman, Teresa Newton and Rick Garchinski. We have competed in our first two meets this year: Unity and Langham. Our athletes run between two kilometre and six kilometres depending on age

and gender. Results Unity and Langham: Danton Hollman (Unity) 7th 31:33; (Langham) 1st 29:42. Garrett McCrea (Unity) 5th 29:58. Nicholas Garchinski (Unity) 2nd 21:07. Liam Boyle (Langham) 1st 17:21. Blaise Carruthers (Unity) 4th 15:37; (Langham) 22:48. Gavin Boyle (Unity) 2nd 12:52; (Langham) 14:05. Junel Villanueva (Unity) 16th 17:01; (Langham) 18:47. Keaton Haynes (Unity) 12th 16:01; (Langham) 30th 17:35. Jordy Leschinski (Langham) 14:30. Benson Garchinski (Unity) 13th

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by Joanne Kral The members of the Biggar Minus One Club met the evening of September 8 to discuss the club’s future. They decided to continue to hold social dances under the name of “The Biggar Saturday Night Dance Club” and they

agreed to accept a constitution stating that membership is open to persons 19 years or older regardless of race, creed or religion. Dance season will begin in September and continue through until June. Dances will take place on the first Saturday

Sunlight filtered through the stately old elm tree in Ruby’s beautiful yard when the group met for their annual gathering on August 18. Gladys provided the maple leaf candles. Alice read the minutes and financial statement. Lydia won the lovely wooden candle holders in

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• Rosetown Central High School SRC Food Booth, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. • Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Athlete’s Haven; Pharmasave Drugs; Rosetown Farmers’ Market; Sandra Smith, Fifth Avenue Collection; Crystal Vision; Prairie Fire Salon; Bev Booth, Weekend Crafters; Kristina Gray, Discovery Toys; Classic Makings; Sew Special; Main Street Computer Solutions; Thrift Store, Elections SK; Lexie Russell, Candles; Shelley Lowe, Norwex; Leslie Stroeder, Silpada Designs Jewellry; Marie Stadnyk, Arbonne Skin Care; Audrey Lansdell, audreysmess; DAWN, Drugs, Alcohol Awareness Wellness; Nicole Beausoleil, Visalus 90 day Challenge; Natasha Green, Sweet Peas & Honey Bees Boutique; Trina Jeancart & Kerri Ireland, Signature Salon/KISS Esthetics; Jennifer Blake Photography; Jill Batting, Crochet Hats & Hair Accessories; Ann Rice-1/4 Fat Quilt Group; Nickells & Diamonds.

• With each purchase, enter to WIN one of two $50 gift certiÀcates. • Come and join us for a piece of Birthday Cake at 7 p.m. and a chance to WIN $100 Cash (must be present to win)



Canadian Wheat Board Bulletin (Dated September 12) At a glance Harvest progress is now well ahead of normal across the Prairies. Last week’s unseasonably warm temperatures combined with dry weather to create excellent harvest conditions. In southern regions, temperatures were three to four degrees Celsius above normal. Further north, tem-

a news conference on a farm near Winnipeg, September 12, calling on Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz to respect the democratic decision of farmers, as expressed in the CWB’s plebiscite. Almost two-thirds of farmers who voted said they want their single-desk marketing system for wheat to continue. To hear what farmers have to say, view

“Almost two-thirds of farmers who voted said they want their singledesk marketing system for wheat to continue.” peratures averaged four to seven degrees Celsius above normal. To date, 60 per cent of the Western Canadian crop has been harvested, compared to about 49 per cent normally, and only 23 per cent last year. Manitoba is now about 75 per cent complete, compared to 61 per cent on average. Alberta is 53 per cent harvested, compared to 44 per cent normally. In Saskatchewan, the harvest is about 61 per cent complete, compared to 50 per cent normally. The forecast for cooler weather next week means producers are working to harvest as quickly as possible before frost arrives. Allen Oberg, chair of the CWB’s farmer-controlled board of directors, held

the new video posted on the CWB’s YouTube channel at canadianwheatboard. A Federal Court judge has rejected a motion from the federal government to dismiss a case launched in June by the Friends of the CWB, a group of concerned Prairie farmers. The Friends case asks for judicial review of the government’s intention to dismantle the CWB without consulting Western Canadian farmers through a plebiscite as required by Section 47.1 of the CWB Act. The Federal Court ruling, issued in Winnipeg on Sept. 9, also rejected a request by the government to have the case dealt with solely in writing, as opposed to an oral hearing

in open court. A hearing date for the case has not been set. WeatherFarm has just released its latest realtime weather monitoring tool to assist farmers during harvest season. BlackBerry users can now download a WeatherFarm application -- sponsored by Syngenta -- that will automatically alert them to changes in the weather, based on triggers they set. For example, a farmer considering late-night field work can be notified of immediate changes in humidity and wind conditions in fields located several miles away from the farm yard. The WeatherFarm mobile site can be accessed at from any mobile device, but for BlackBerry users wishing to set up custom alerts for their farm, the application must first be downloaded by going to The innovative WeatherFarm Weekly e-newsletter for Prairie farmers marks its first anniversary this week. Offered free of charge, the newsletter is now sent to more than 12,000 registered users of WeatherFarm,

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Features… 25’ x 140’ lot. house built in 1912, 1154 sq. ft. on 1 & ½ levels, 2 bedrooms, 1 & ½ bathrooms, vinyl siding, asphalt shingles, full concrete basement, House sold “AS IS”. Terms and Conditions of the Tender are as follows: 1. You must provide a cheque for a 5.0% deposit of the price being offered. 2. The highest, or any, offer will not necessarily be accepted. 3. Viewings of the property are scheduled by Tim Hammond Realty on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 from 5 - 7 p.m. and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 from 5 - 7 p.m. 4. Condition of Property: Buyer(s) acknowledge that the subject property and the Àxtures and chattels included with the property are being purchased in an “AS IS” condition. 5. Tender packages can be picked up at Tim Hammond Realty OfÀce 6. All offers must be received in our ofÀce (Biggar) by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2011. 7. All offers received will be addressed and responded to by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2011 (i.e. accepted, rejected or countered).

113 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar, SK


must be in place before cash tickets are offered. Farmers are reminded that they are required to complete declarations that their grain is a registered variety when delivering to each licensed grain-handling facility in Western Canada. Information on variety declarations and class eligibility can be found at cwb. ca/declare.

The Biggar Rec Valley and the Town of Biggar would like to thank the following businesses for their support for the RCMP Musical Ride… Biggar Credit Union Biggar Electrical Biggar Hotel Biggar Insurance Services Cam-Don Moors CJWW CJYM Credential (Kevin Kurulak) Crop Production Services Duperow Co-op Feudal Co-op Golden View Printing and Signs Grondin Funeral Services Haffermehl Farms Leslie’s, PharmaChoice

Macleods True Value North American Lumber Perdue Agricultural Society Perdue Credit Union Pharmasave Quick Stop Rosetown Mainline Motors SaskEnergy Sears Hometown Appliances Springwater Versa Frame The Biggar Independent The Rack The Trading Post Tim Hammond Realty Westwinds Motor Hotel Wilfred and Jean Elliott Rentals

We would also like to thank the various community groups and individuals who have volunteered to make this event a success and the donation to the long term care facility possible!

Tim Hammond, BSA, P.Ag. Owner - Broker Cari McCarty - Residential Grant Anderson – Farms Dave Molberg – Farms

Biggar • 948-3397

102 - 3rd Ave. East, Biggar, SK

sales will be sourced from Series A contracts. If additional grain is required to meet customer needs, Series B and C will be considered, or Guaranteed Delivery Contracts may be used. The deadline for Series A sign-up for Canada Western Red Winter wheat is Sept. 30. The deadline for all other wheat and durum is Oct. 31. A delivery contract

Tim Hammond Realty 113 3rd Ave. W. Biggar, SK

Doreen’s Discount Day at

FOR SALE BY TENDER The Independent is now available on the internet

an online portal specifically designed to meet the needs of Western Canadian grain producers. The e-mail provides a weekly overview of relevant agronomic weather maps, world weather highlights, site features and weather photos that are available at WeatherFarm, launched in 2009 by the CWB and WeatherBug is fed by a network of over 900 weather stations, located on farms and grain elevators across Western Canada. Sign up for the newsletter by going to Farmers and the general public were invited to the Sept. 16 grand opening of the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, located at the University of Manitoba’s Glenlea Research Station, just south of Winnipeg. Sign-up for 2011-12 CWB Series A wheat and durum delivery contracts is underway. Farmers are advised that, given the uncertainty surrounding the CWB’s future, the offering of Series B and C contracts for this crop year is currently under review. Grain for most

Homes for Sale in Biggar (MLS)

Farmland for Sale (MLS) Wardrop Irrigation Pobran Weekes Yurchuk Dixon HillCor Gray Zenert Whitmore Holbrook Lalonde Green Swanson

RM 317 RM 284 RM 343 RM 347 RM 342 RM 346 RM 466 RM 346 RM 342 RM 316 RM 280 RM 345 RM 317 RM 376

2099 ac. 1855 ac. 1229 ac. 1226 ac. 693 ac. 640 ac. 490 ac. 480 ac. 463 ac. 320 ac. 317 ac. 160 ac. 160 ac. 160 ac.

Acreages for Sale (MLS) Clarke Johannson Egert Fuster Kerr Jordan Perdue Ac. Hamilton Herschel Ac. Woods Road Rawson Unity Ac. Dzialo Sutherland Elliott

Rosetown Asquith Biggar Stranraer Biggar Wilkie Perdue Dodsland Herschel Biggar Rosetown Unity Maymont Wilkie Elrose

$589,900 $359,000 *$290,000 $269,900 $235,000 $200,000 $199,000 $199,900 *$195,000 $189,900 $169,000 $185,000 $145,000 $85,000 $85,000

Current Listings 302 6th Ave W 114 5th Ave W 205 Turnbull Ave

Biggar Biggar Perdue

$45,000 $199,900 $199,000

402 7th Ave E $228,900 212 3rd Ave E $227,000 2nd Ave W Condos *$198,900 313 6th Ave E $184,900 th

406 7 Ave E 409 3rd Ave E 102 5th Ave E 412 3rd Ave E 128 2nd Ave W 306 5th Ave W

$178,900 $169,900 $159,900 $132,000 $92,000 *new* $64,500


412 3 Ave. East

Howard Concave

RM 376 RM 466 RM 345 Rosetown

204 5th Ave. East

Demaine Perdue Biggar

307 ac. 160 ac. 160 ac. $160,000

$399,900 $129,900 $45,000

We have local, national and international buyers that are interested in farmland / farmland packages in this area. Call Tim Hammond Realty today if you are interested in selling. 306-948-5052 *denotes Exclusive Listing

Out of Town Property rd

Landis 212 3 W Landis Lot Wilkie Lot 204 2 St W nd

$49,900 $22,500 $15,000

Sale Pending! 313 6th Ave E


Recently Sold!! 308 Turnbull Ave



Perdue 816 7 Street $95,000

403 4th Ave E


Featured Listing


Featured Listing


Great starter / revenue home! Main floor features the kitchen, dining room, living room, master and regular bedroom, 4 piece bathroom, back porch and front veranda, The basement is ideal for storage and houses the washer/dryer, furnace & hot water heater. 50x140 mature yard with fire pit and gravel drive.

Commercial Property (MLS) Demaine Hotel A & D Foods 218 Main Street

204 5th Ave E $49,900 224 2nd Ave W *new* $43,500 104 6th Ave E (Lot) $30,000

Updated 1 and 3/4 story family home located close to the rink and the park. Features 1248 sq ft 4 + 1 bedrooms, remodeled kitchen, and remodeled upper bathroom. Fully developed basement, single detached garage and mature yard. Priced to sell! Call today to view this home

Recently Sold McKee HillCor Lalonde

Current Listings

$285,000 $268,000 $259,500

Sale Pending 218 Main Street Crozier Perdue Ac.

306.948.5052 Main Office 306.948.9168 Tim’s Cell 306.948.7995 Cari’s Cell 306.831.9214 Grant’s Cell 306.948.4478 Dave’s Cell

102 3rd Ave. East

For Tender House built in 1912; 1154 sq ft on 1& ½ levels; 2 bedrooms; 1 & ½ bathrooms; vinyl siding, asphalt shingles, full concrete basement. House sold “as is”. Viewings Tuesday, September 20 from 5 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 from 5 – 7 p.m. Tender closes Thurs., Sept. 29 5 p.m.



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PLEASE READ YOUR AD -- Advertisers should read their advertisement THE FIRST ISSUE IT APPEARS and report any errors in time for the next insertion. The Independent is responsible subject to the conditions noted above, for ONLY the Årst incorrect insertion. NO REFUND on classiÅeds. Times to run must be stated at First Insertion. Enclose cheque, money order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express for your classiÅed. Other Advertising Rates Available upon Request. The BIGGAR INDEPENDENT accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publication by this newspaper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. SUBSCRIPTION RATES… Pick up… $28.00 + $1.40 gst = $29.40 Inside 40-mile radius/ONLINE $33.00 + $1.65 gst = $34.65 Outside 40-mile radius… $38.00 + $1.90 gst = $39.90

OBITUARIES Helen Gertrude Larsson July 25, 1925 - August 24, 2011 Helen passed away August 24, 2011 in North Battleford, Sask. at the age of 86 years. She was born July 25, 1925 at Red Pheasant, Sask. and grew up at Traynor, Sask. She worked as a caregiver and housekeeper in the Tessier, Rosetown, Biggar, Landis and North Battleford areas for 25 years before retiring to North Battleford, Sask. Helen is survived by her children, Evelyn (Albert), James, Alice, Arthur, Raymond,; 11 grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; two great greatgrandchildren; sister, Mary Danskin; brother-in-law, Sigward (Leopal) Larsson; nieces. nephews and families. She was predeceased by her husbands, Roy Gallinger and Ejnar Larsson; an infant son; sisters, Catherine, Jean, Margaret and Ethel; brothers, John and Tom; great-grandson, Dane, parents, Tom and Mary Hurton; and numerous in-laws. Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 2 p.m. from Biggar United Church, Biggar, Sask. with Rev. Jane Gallagher of¿ciating. Doreen Dubreuil was organist. Honourary Casket Bearers were all those who shared in Helen’s life. Active Casket Bearers were john Ouellette, Nancy Whitcome, Kathy Whitcome, Fred Hurton, Leslie Ouellette, Elmer Hurton. Interment followed in Biggar Cemetery. Tributes may be made to Heart & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Diabetes Association or Ronald McDonald House. Grondin Funeral Service, Biggar entrusted with arrangements, “Our family serving your family since 1963”. 38p1

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MEMORIAMS BRODZKI, Anna: In loving memory of our mom and grandma who passed away September 25, 2002. “This day is remembered and quietly kept No words are needed, we shall never forget Everyday in some small way Memories of you come our way Though absent, you are always near So loved, so missed and so very dear.” Lovingly remembered by your family 38p1 BARTUSEK-LORENZ, Destinie-Rae: November 7, 1994 - September 1996. “Dear Lord… Thank you for the angel You lent us for awhile She brought us laughter And an everlasting smile. She loved us, inspired us Our own guiding light Now she shines in Heaven With wings of pure white. Time cannot erase the pain Yet we will always be grateful That into our lives Our precious daughter came.” Loved and missed tremendously, Mom, Dad and brothers 38p1

CARD OF THANKS We of¿cially celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 26th, but recall with happy memories the family celebration we held in Biggar on July 3rd. We wish to thank our family and friends who helped to organize the day. Special thanks also go to Margaret Irven, Betty Crozier and their group from Biggar United Church who catered to the tea; Kate Sagon who provided the bountiful and delicious dinner; Karen and Don from new Horizons for their help in arranging the tables and, above all, the many friends and relatives who attended or sent greetings. Our anniversary celebration combined with the Biggar 100th Anniversary Homecoming reinforced for us how special it was for us to call Biggar our home for 42 years. Alan and Eleanor Selin 38p1 Thank you to everybody for sharing in the life of Doug Richards. Special thanks to the staff of Biggar Hospital for their special care and to Grondin Funeral Service for their assistance. The Richards Family 38p2

COMING EVENTS SUNDAYS in September: Presbyterians, Anglicans, Lutherans will be worshipping at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 391-7th Ave. East, Biggar at 10:30 a.m. Potluck supper September 25th. Everyone is welcome. 48/10tfn

Scouts REGISTRATION Monday, Sept. 19 7:00 p.m. @ Mark Edwards Hall, Jubilee Stadium, Biggar

Contact 948-6413, Henrietta Parenteau

COMING EVENTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 and THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: “Fine Form” Sculpture Educational student presentation by Ken Duczek of the MacKenzie Art Gallery at the Credit Union Gallery of the Biggar Museum. 36c3 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23: Biggar Arts Council presents… ”Ed Peekeekoot”, 7:30 p.m. at The Majestic Theatre, Biggar. Advance tickets available at de Moissac Jewellers. Adults/ seniors advance, $20, at the door, $25; students advance, $12, at the door, $15; 12 and under, $5. 33c6 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25: St. Gabriel Fall Supper, 5 - 7 p.m., Biggar Community Hall. Adults, $12; 12 and under $5; preschoolers, FREE. Take out $12, phone 948-3880 or 9482954 by noon Sunday to order. 37c2 TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27: Biggar Music Festival Fall Meeting, 7:30 p.m., St. Gabriel School Library. All welcome to attend. 37c3 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Blood Donor Clinic, 3:30 7:30 p.m. at Biggar Community Hall. To make an appointment call 1-8889-2-DONATE or 1 888-236-6283. 38c2 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28: Celebrate Culture Days in the Credit Union Gallery of the Biggar Museum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.. “Quilting through the Years”, local quilts on display. See Carol Schmold’s presentation of “Transitions” 35c3 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5: Concert at Leipzig Serenity Retreat with “Gary Fjellgaard, Saskia & Darrel”. To help them raise Awareness! Tickets/info call 658-4767. CU there! 38p3 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16: Perdue United Church Fowl Supper, Perdue Community Complex. Doors open: 4:30 p.m., Supper @ 5 p.m. Adults, $10; 6-12 yrs, $5; preschoolers FREE 38c4 OCTOBER 11, 12 and 13: Biggar & District Donors Choice Town Blitz. Many canvassers are needed. If you are willing, please call Marion Fritz at 9483326 or Donna Fines at 9483659. Fill-in sheets to prepare for canvasser are available for pick up at several businesses. Due to lack of volunteers the Rural area will not be canvassed. Please take your donation directly to the Royal Bank, Biggar. 38c3

GARAGE SALES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 5 - 8 p.m. and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Biggar United Church Garage Sale and Bake Sale, 907 Quebec St., Biggar. Drop items at church Thursday, 6 - 9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 noon. 37c3 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.: “Gwen’s Moving Out Sale”…423 - 4th Ave. West, Biggar. Furniture, household, yard and gardening and more, too numerous to list. Everything MUST Go! 38p2

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AUCTIONS 40,000 SQ. FT. of Hardwood & Laminate Flooring To Sell By Auction in conjunction w/ Bankruptcy Auction for Inside Out Décor & Gifts (Deloitte & Touche Inc. - Trustee) OCTOBER 6th Décor & Gifts 5p.m. Flooring 7p.m. - KRAMER AUCTIONS - N. Battleford. 306445-5000 or PL#914618

ANNOUNCEMENTS The Donor’s Choice information sheet with ¿ll-in space for donor to prepare for a canvasser WILL NOT be delivered to your door. It is available for pick-up at several businesses including grocery stores, drugstore, Royal Bank, Credit Union, New Horizons, museum, library and The Independent. Due to lack of volunteer canvassers in the Rural area a canvasser WILL NOT be calling. Please take your donation directly to the Biggar Royal Bank. 38c3 ATTENTION RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS! If you received the CEP (Common Experience Payment), you may be eligible for further Cash Compensation. To see if you qualify, phone toll free 1-877988-1145 now. Free service!.

NOTICE NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE ESTATE OF CAROL KING, LATE OF THE TOWN/DISTRICT OF HERSCHEL, IN THE PROVINCE OF S A S K AT C H E WA N , DECEASED: ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE, duly veriÀed by Statutory Declaration and with particulars and valuation of security held if any, must be sent to the undersigned before the 10th day of October, 2011. BUSSE LAW PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barristers and Solicitors 302 Main Street, Box 669 BIGGAR, Saskatchewan S0K 0M0 SOLICITORS FOR THE EXECUTOR Families, clubs, churches and businesses are invited to do a Heritage Page to be on permanent display at Biggar Museum. Share your history! Do yours prior to the centennial celebrations! For more information call 948-3451 or visit museum 1 - 5 p.m., Monday Friday. 7tfn

NOTICE This newspaper accepts advertisements in good faith. We advise that it is in your interest to investigate offers personally. Publications by this paper should not be taken as an endorsement of the product or service offered. tfn Advertisements and statements contained herein are the sole responsibility of the persons or entities that post the advertisement, and the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper Association and membership do not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, truthfulness or reliability of such advertisements. For greater information on advertising conditions, please consult the Association’s Blanket Advertising Conditions on our website at tfn

TENDER 2011/12 SNOW REMOVAL TENDERS Prairie Spirit School Division #206 invites local contractors to tender for snow removal at all of our facilities during the months of October 2011 through April 2012. Please use the updated 2011/12 tender forms available after September 15th on our website at www., at our School Services Building at 523 Langley Avenue, Warman, SK, or by fax or email upon request at 6832875. For further information, please contact Randy Willms, Caretaking Supervisor at 6832916 or 227-7368. 38c2

MISCELLANEOUS Free…Mack sleeper make great playhouse or bus shelter. U-cut ¿rewood. 18-inch aeration duct, $150. 3 pth. sprayer, $200. 9482852 37p3 1985 Yamaha Virago, 1,000 cc, new rubber, carbs and forks redone. Phone 948-7521. 36tfn Two upright pianos for sale, offers. Phone 948-7292. 36p3 Good reserved seats still available for season tickets of the 2011-12 Biggar Arts Council Stars for Saskatchewan eight (8) shows. Available at de Moissac Jewellers, Biggar. 32c6 BOSCH 800 watt Mixer $489, Mixer & Grain Mill $705, Tfal Actifry $229, Ice Makers $189 Margaritaville Blender $199 Call Hometech Regina toll Free 1-888-692-6724 Stop in to… 1st Ave. West, Biggar 948-2700



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WANTED Old battery collection, Fisher #300 Cadet Squadron. Drop off at the Biggar Land¿ll OR contact Quentin Sittler at 658-2132 3tfn Main Street Garage Sale is accepting donations of all items in clean and working condition. Please phone 948-1773 or 9485393. Pickup available. 32tfn


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Phone: 306-569-3380 email: lanerealtycorp@ To view full colour feature sheets for all of our CURRENT LISTINGS, visit our Website at: Two serviced lots, side by side in Biggar, 100’x140’, $79,900. Call 717-4681 (cell) 5tfn “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides” in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Bring Business! Free Brochure Website: Email: mmacdonald@kingsrda. ca Toll - free: 1-888-865-4647. 55 PLUS ACTIVE ADULT Living. Large Ground Level Townhomes. 306-241-0123. LAKE VIEW HOMES Vernon, BC. Convenient location in Okanagan Landing. Established neighborly landscaped community. Low maintenance quality built homes. Pool, Tennis, Picnic & Fitness Center. On Site Boat & RV Storage. Next to Beach, Boat Launch & Marina. Direct access to walkways & bike trails. Level entry & 2 storey homes available $429,000. Call Scott 250.558.4795 www.



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Now representing purchasers from across Canada, the United Kingdom and Mainland Europe!” HOUSES FOR SALE House for Sale by Tender… 625 sq. ft house, 906 Ave. K in Perdue, Sask. “As is” property includes 3 lots, enclosed deck, landscaped yard, hot tub, shed, green house. Taxes $500 yr. Estate sale. Min reserve bid is >$30,000. Details/viewing contact Susan at 306-321-7707 or susan.clarkson@sasktel. net. Deadline for tenders is September 20, 2011. Tenders emailed or mailed to 1753 Prince of Wales Ave., Saskatoon, S7K 3E5 37c2

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PETS FREE to a good home…a black chihuahua cross male dog, neutered and all shots up to date. Cleared for travel into USA. Travels very well. He is well behaved but we have to ¿nd an alternate home for medical reasons. Please contact Margaret at 948-2474. 37p3 Adorable CKC Registered Shar Pei Puppies. Great family pets, loyal, intelligent, very clean and playful. 2M & 1F Are leash trained, sit on command & house trained. All shots, vet check-ups & micro chipped. 306-535-9751 or cayenneÀ

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Part-time kitchen staff and dishwashers needed. Drop resume at Snow White Family Restaurant, Biggar. 38c3 Wanted: Waitress/waiter, evenings and weekends. Apply with resume to Kelly’s KItchen. Also looking for mature reliable person to cover day shifts. 36c3 Full/Part time position at One Stop Hardware; apply by resume at Box 1293 or 112 MAin Street, Biggar; phone 948-5626 36c3 CMC OILFIELD SERVICES requires a Class 1 Driver for hauling crude oil and water in the Spirit River, Alberta, area. We will train the right candidate. Fax resume to 780-864-3047 or call Claude 780-814-1933. FULL-TIME MEAT CUTTER required at Eastalta Co-op, Vermilion. Bene¿ts, relocation assistance. Training or experience required. Good references; j.grimwood@ 5013 - 51 Ave., Vermilion, AB, T9X 1B2. Phone 780-853-5335. KODIAK WIRELINE SERVICES PARTNERSHIP is hiring experienced operators/drivers for Slave Lake, Edson, Morinville branches with a signing bonus up to $5000. (dependent on experience). Apply to: tboddez@ or fax to 780-418-0834. Now hiring! Moose Mountain Meats, new custom meat processing facility in SE Saskatchewan requires the following: Plant Manager/Meat Cutter/Butcher. Send resume by September 30 to: Moose Mountain Meats, Box 35, Wawota, SK, S0G 5A0 or e-mail TH Vac Services, Kindersley Sask is now hiring drivers & swampers. Competitive wage, bene¿ts package, scheduled days off. Tickets an asset. Fax resume to 306-463-3219 or call Don @ 306-463-7720. The RM of Bone Creek No. 108 is accepting applications for the position of Administrator duties to commence as soon as possible Minimum Class C Certi¿cate apply to Box 459 Shaunavon S0N 2M0 306 297 2570 rmbc@sa @

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Territory Manager Ag Division Northern Sask Dutch Industries is looking for a con¿dent, enthusiastic, and results oriented individual to join our Sales Team. Your agricultural background and networking abilities will be a considerable asset. Most important will be your willingness and desire to directly educate Farmers and Dealers with the Agricultural Industries state of the art seeding options. Our Territory Managers have an unmatched reputation for providing quality products and superior customer service. QUALIFICATIONS: *Agricultural background could include Ag sales, Parts, service, farming or other equivalent exposure to Agriculture. *A self starter with the ability and maturity to approach your territory in a disciplined fashion. *Willingness to travel extensively throughout Northern Saskatchewan. *Strong inÀuencing skills with a highly developed level of 2 way communication. *Ability to develop strong client relationships. *Willingness to provide above average work ethic for above average earnings, base salary plus commissions. ALL RESUMES TO BE HELD IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE We thank all candidates for their interest, only those candidates selected far an interview will be contacted. Please reply to Dennis Duff, Ag Sales Manager, Email: Fax 306-781-4877




North West Terminal Ltd. is a shareholder owned grain handling company located near Unity, Sask.

GRAIN FACILITY OPERATOR This is a permanent position starting as soon as possible. Experience in grain grading an asset, but not a requirement. The position is responsible for the assistance in handling, binning and shipping of all products to and from the terminal. The individual will maintain appropriate and accurate documentation, ensuring correct binning practices to meet end user requirements. This position will also be responsible for the day to day procedures on maintaining a clean and safe workplace. The candidate will possess proven communication and interpersonal skills, ambition and organizational skills, and excellent customer service skills. This position offers opportunity for advancement. An agricultural background would be an asset, but not a requirement. This is an outstanding opportunity for individuals seeking a challenge in a TOP 100 COMPANY as listed in SASKATCHEWAN BUSINESS MAGAZINE in 2010. NWT offers a competitive salary along with outstanding company beneÀts. QualiÀed applicants should send a resume by September 23, 2011 to: North West Terminal Ltd. Attn: Neil Boser Box 1090 Phone: 306-228-3735 Unity, SK. S0K 4L0 Fax: 306 -228-3877 Email:

Biggar Community Connections is dedicated to providing programs and services that will make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities.

A Semi Independent Living Supervisor is required in Biggar. The successful candidate will provide support in areas of meal preparation, shopping, budgeting and house cleaning. Hours of work are slightly Áexible, mornings are preferable, with a maximum of ten hours a week at $13.00/hour. Apply online to or fax to 948-3426 or mail to Box 1690, Biggar, SK, S0K 0M0. Contact Lynn at 948-3472 for more information. ELECTRICIANS, HD MECHS, MILLWRIGHTS, CWB WELDERS required for surface, underground mining projects in NW Ontario. Room, board, travel, overtime, competitive wages, convenient turn-arounds. Apply fax 807-597-5525; chris@

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Farmers vote to keep Canadian Wheat Board Tens of thousands of Western Canadian farmers have sent a clear message to Ottawa, demanding the CWB singledesk marketing system be retained. Results of the CWB’s plebiscite, released last week, show a strong majority of farmers want to maintain their ability to market wheat and barley through a single-desk system. Sixty-two per cent of respondents voted in favour of retaining the single desk for wheat and 51 per cent voted to

retain it for barley. A total of 38,261 farmers submitted mail-in ballots in the plebiscite, a participation rate of 56 per cent -- on par with the last three federal elections and higher than many municipal and provincial elections. “Farmers have spoken. Their message is loud and clear, and the government must listen,” said Allen Oberg, chair of the CWB. “Western Canadian producers have voted to keep their single-desk marketing system for

wheat and barley. They cannot be ignored. “We will not sit back and watch this government steamroll over farmers. We are going to stand our ground and fight for farmers.” The federal government plans to remove the CWB single desk by August 1, 2012. Minister Gerry Ritz has announced that enabling legislation will be introduced this fall, also removing the current legal requirement that such a change first be approved by Prairie

farmers through an official plebiscite. The CWB’s plebiscite was conducted to give producers a voice through a fair and democratic process. Oberg said the plebiscite results show that the federal government is out of touch with farmers. “For months, Minister Ritz has been claiming that the recent federal election was a mandate for the government to dismantle the CWB. Now we know otherwise. There is no mandate from farmers to strip away their

marketing power.” Oberg said the CWB’s board of directors is calling on the Government of Canada to respect the decision of farmers. He said the high participation rate leaves no doubt about what farmers want. “The number of producers who voted shows that they are passionate about the CWB and demand a say in its future. As farmers, the CWB is our marketing organization. We pay for it, we run it, we have the right to

Report from the Legislature by Randy Weekes, MLA, Biggar (7 September, 2011) SCIC/EMP enhancements Saskatchewan’s farmers and ranchers continue to make incredible contributions to our province. Over the last two years, however, they’ve been hit hard by Mother Nature. Our government is continuing to take action to support farmers and ranchers during their time of need. That’s why we recently announced that the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) has provided a record $329 million to assist producers who were unable to seed due to excess moisture in 2011. This record funding was provided for 13,500 claims under the Unseeded Acreage (USA) benefit, which was increased this

year from $50 to $70 per eligible acre. Over the last four years, our government has worked to improve the Crop Insurance Program, including providing the four largest budgets and average coverage levels in the program’s history. In addition, assistance is being provided under the 2011 Excess Moisture Program (EMP) of $30 per eligible acre for land that was too wet to seed or was seeded and then flooded out. All Saskatchewan producers are eligible for the EMP. SCIC is administering the program and will continue to process claims as quickly as possible. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011. More than $600 million has been made available under the EMP in 2010 and 2011 to help producers affected by excess

moisture. If you have a question

about this Legislative report or any other matter,

Landis Locals Helen Buxton 658-2115 On the night of September 13, we got our first frost. They tell me that September 5 is the long time average date, so while we got away with an extra week, it was a bad one when it came. Temperatures as low as -10˚ have been reported. Several people from Landis enjoyed the André Rieu concert in Saskatoon on Monday evening. It was a wonderful show; we all came away with smiles on our faces and Viennese waltzes playing in our heads. Ramaya Buxton and

her two little girls spent a few days at Jim and Joyce’s last week. It was my first chance to see my latest great-grandchildren, Amelia Rose, born August 26. I would like to extend condolences of the community to Ruth Archdekin and all Doug Richard’s family on his recent passing. He will be missed by many as an entertainer, and a cheerful friend. Welcome home to the Saini’s who spent 10 days in San Diego where they attended a wedding and visited Sandeep’s family.

decide its future. The government must now acknowledge this mandate from farmers and respect this decision.” MNP, a chartered accountancy and business advisory firm, coordinated the plebiscite and tabulated the results. More information can be found on the official plebiscite Web site at

Randy Weekes, M.L.A. for the Biggar Constituency 1-877-948-4880 OfÀce Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m. Phone: 306-948-4880 106 - 3rd Ave. West, Biggar Fax: 306-948-4882 e-mail:

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Wheat Growers reject results of undemocratic CWB vote The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association completely rejects the results of the Canadian Wheat Board’s phoney plebiscite. “This vote was an illegitimate exercise,” says Kevin Bender, President of the Wheat Growers. “The results should be given no credibility whatsoever.” The Wheat Growers are fundamentally opposed to the idea that one group of farmers should be allowed to vote away the property rights of another. The Association had called on farmers to boycott the vote. “The low turnout shows many farmers agreed that this was a meaningless exercise,” says Rolf Penner, Manitoba Vice President of the Wheat Growers.

“I completely reject the idea that my neighbour should have any say over how I market my grain.” The Wheat Growers note only 34 per cent of the wheat ballots were returned in support of the CWB monopoly. On barley, the figure was 29 per cent. The vast majority of farmers either voted in support of the open market or did not participate at all. While rejecting the whole premise of voting away property rights, the Wheat Growers note the CWB survey completely violated the “one person, one vote” principle that is characteristic of all democratic votes. Landlords who rented land to more than one farmer on a cropshare basis would have been eligible to receive

multiple ballots. The Wheat Growers note there were over 66,000 wheat ballots mailed out, even though Statistics Canada numbers suggest there are no more than 20,000 commercial grain farms in western Canada. This means several farms either received multiple ballots or a large number of ballots were sent to landlords and other nonfarmers. “We urge the federal government to ignore this meaningless survey and move full speed ahead toward giving us our grain marketing freedom,” says Bender. “We are very excited about the opportunities that will be created under an open market.”

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